A poem by Parwana Amiri.
Parwana Amiri is an author, poet and activist from Afghanistan who is living in Greece since September 2019. Her poetry may seem softly written, but it contains hidden stories and bitter truths. With her work, she challenges the power of art and poetry to convey these bitter truths of the times. This poem was written, with all respect and love to the family of the young child who lost her life , burning in the fire accident in Moria Lesvos in the beginning of 2020.
By Micol Suber. The girl represents not just a ‘she’ but a ‘we’, the people who are suffering and saw their homes burning.
It’s not to mark the date!
It’s to raise the alarm!
The fire has burned our homes.
The fire has burned our schools.
The fire has burned our hospitals.
The fire has burned our dreams.
We are burning.
We search for your eyes.
You have turned them away.
You have hidden your faces.
Who is the criminal? Not the fire, for sure!
Who shall pay for the life of the burned child?
Who shall answer the mother, never to touch her child again?
Who can answer?
Who dares imagine the screams of the baby burning ?
The baby was crying…
Was crying, was crying…
The baby was burning, a bundle of coal left.
Where are those who cursed us?
Those afraid we threatened their wealth?
Come on and see!
Do you dare to look at this scene?
Better avert your eyes.
Hide and lock yourselves in your homes!
We are silent so that you hear us